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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  500 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Wolfe, whose tetralogy The Book of the New Sun was the most acclaimed science fiction work of the 1980s, offered his second collection of short fiction in 1990 to universal acclaim. This is a hefty volume of over 30 unforgettable stories in a variety of genres-- SF, fantasy, horror, mainstream-many of them offering variations on themes and situations found in folklore and ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Orb Books (first published January 1989)
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Vit Babenco
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Endangered Species is an incredibly diverse collection of short stories going from child’s fantasies to exotic science fiction. And the majority of the tales are very original and written beautifully.
The woodcutter came up the walk, and the ornate old house watched him through venetian-blinded eyes. He wore a red-brown tweed suit; his unmarked car was at the curb. The house felt his feet on its porch, his quick knock at its door. It wondered how he had driven along the path through the trees. Th
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‘Especies en peligro’ (Endangered Species, 1989), del escritor estadounidense Gene Wolfe, es una antología que contiene treinta y cuatro relatos. Hay cuentos de ciencia ficción, de fantasía e incluso alguno de terror. Quien haya leído algo de este autor ya sabe que habrá un tanto por ciento de lo que narra que no le va a llegar, no por su complejidad, sino porque Wolfe se guarda información y a veces sus protagonistas son poco o nada fiables. Esto provoca la extrañeza mientras lees, y el decirte ...more
Bryan Alexander
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, gothic, lit, sf
I came to Endangered Species with decades of bias. I've been a Gene Wolfe fanatic since college, when I first read The Book of the New Sun. Since then I've read nearly everything the man has written. I've met him several times, and enjoyed his company immensely. I've actually gone in Wolfe-themed costume to a ball, and spent a while on the Urth email list.

So I'm a fan, yes. Predisposed to read Endangered Species' stories with awe and attention.

I've had this tome for years, and have been saving i
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Vanessa Wu
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I think it can be very dangerous to give high praise to authors like Gene Wolfe. Fortunately, there aren't many authors like Gene Wolfe.

I believe the title Endangered Species is meant to refer to the short story form. I remember reading that somewhere but I can't remember where. I've had this collection of stories a long time. I've hung onto it in spite of throwing away hundreds upon hundreds of other books. So I think perhaps that Gene Wolfe himself is more of an endangered species than either
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Sumant
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Another big collection from Wolfe where he explores all genres from sci-fi to fantasy, also Wolfe claims himself to be endangered species because he doesn't conform to norms regarding how short stories is to be written.

Wolfe writes his stories for the reader, and wants the reader to come back to them again and again, so that each time he gets something from the reading experience. He does not conform with the traditions of short stories where you have beginning, a middle section and finally a co
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Daniel Polansky
hey, did you know I was a Gene Wolfe fan? Well, you're about to hear it again. This is not at all the best retrospective collection of Gene Wolfe's stories (not shockingly, that honor goes to self-selected The Best of Gene Wolfe), and if you are new to Wolfe's short fiction you are better off starting there. All the same this is very,very strong, with barely a misstep in five hundred pages. The plaintive stories are sad and wondrous, the scary stories are brutal and nasty, all the stories are st ...more
Michael O.
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent collection, the best of Wolfe's other than The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories. A few are a bit predictable (rare for Wolfe), and a few show his Borges influence to the point of copycattery, but then there are others which are masterpieces of beauty, understatement, humor, horror and truth. I recommend "A Cabin on the Coast," "Eyebem," and "The Tale of the Rose and the Nightingale (And What Became of It)." Especially the latter, one of the most beautiful s ...more
Ryan
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These seem good. I don't think I am smart enough to follow everything Wolfe writes on my own. I had a lot of help from the internet on New Sun and there isnt a lot of discussion of these shory stories that I can easily find, so Im sure I missed stuff. Totally worth the read for me though.
Patrick
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
The stories in this collection are just not that good or memorable, and, as is Wolfe's wont, too many veer off into Christian parable.
Kyle Muntz
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Read this very slowly over the course of almost a year. Wolfe is either my favorite writer or close, and (true to form) all of this collection is complex, inventive, and brilliantly composed. But I've never liked his short fiction much, and I still mostly feel the same here. There's a very heavy emphasis on pastiche in Wolfe's short fiction and it's very well done, but generally I feel like the stories are more clever experiments than effective narratives, and all but the best pieces left me col ...more
Aaron
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of all the Gene Wolfe I've read (New Sun series + Urth of the New Sun, first 2 Latro/Soldier books, first two Long Sun books), these stories are the most "science fiction" I've seen him attempt. He's still Gene Wolfe, and with that comes weirdness, confusion, frustration, and brilliance in equal parts, but its more apparent that a lot of these stories would have been headed for genre publications like Asimov and the like.

A lot of these stories are fantastic. Some are less than stellar. With any
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Ben
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've found Gene Wolfe's shorter fiction to be a mixed bag, and this collection bears that out. It's got some real gems, but also has more than a few duds. One of my problems with his more sci-fi works is that he likes to plunge the reader into an unidentified time and place, complete with technology that he doesn't bother to explain at all. This on its own would be perfectly acceptable to me, as a reader, but then the plots of many of these stories hinge on unexplained particulars of the technol ...more
Kosuke Arai
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
1. Ludder series
2. 90min
3. extinct, environmental pollution, The red list, Otter, biodiversity, The Cambrian explosion, Washington Convension
4 a. It is said that a rise in temperature of seawater by 1℃ correspond to a 10℃ rise on land.
b. This is a shocking fact that I didn't know. And I could understand temperature of seawater is very important matter because it is easy to think if temperature of land rises by 10℃, the environment will collapse.
5. I was intrested in The Cambrian explosion, too
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Chris Hawks
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, reviewed
Another year, another Gene Wolfe short story collection. This one is particularly large, with 30 stories. Some of them didn’t quite grab me, but there are still plenty of amazing stories in here. It’s been close to a year since I read them, so I don’t remember much, but just looking over the table of contents, I can recall the following as being standout stories: “The Map” (taking place after The Book of the New Sun), “The HORARS of War”, “All the Hues of Hell”, “Procreation” (very Borgesian), “ ...more
John
Jul 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Gene Wolfe is one of my favorite sci-fi/fantasy authors. He really gets to the root of what makes the fantastic so vital in human society. Often fantasy offers us a different perspective on our reality, and in a certain way can explain more about the real world than any news station or non-fiction ever could. This collection is a testament to this wonderful ability. Imaginative and supremely relevant, Wolfe does not disappoint.
The Final Song ❀
Review in spanish because i read a translation:

La primera vez que leo algo de Wolfe, y aunque algunas historias me han parecido interesantes, pero otras simplemente aburridas.
Ademas no dejo de sentir que la traduccion es floja y algo mal hecha, sobre todo al agregar regionalismos que son facilmente evitables, y estoy seguro de que la prosa tambien se volvio mucho mas lenta por lo mismo.
Keith Davis
Nov 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this collection because it had a blurb on the cover by R. A. Lafferty; the only book I have ever come across with a promotional quote by that least commercial of SF authors. The collection was so good that now I will pick up books with Gene Wolfe blurbs.
Randolph
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Just average earlier Wolfe short fiction. There are really only four outstanding stories: Our Neighbor by David Copperfield, Eyebem, The Detective of Dreams, and the best, The Other Dead Man, in this hefty tome so the rest just were mostly unmemorable for me
stephan wintner
Sep 09, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: wolfe addicts
a lot of interesting stories, very few that jumped out and really grabbed me though - except for the last one. That one did keep me reading. Those who liek Wolfe will like it, but I suspect many others will find it merely average....
Jessica
Sep 27, 2016 marked it as gave-up-on
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
On the whole, the ideas were original, but reading them was a chore. I don't mind short stories that begin in media res, but by the time I got half way through the book, I just didn't care enough to keep reading.
Logan
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-joe
Some of the stories were great. Others were just random.
Perrystroika
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
love this collection. favorite stories: "the headless man", "kevin malone", "the war beneath the tree", "the detective of dreams". the quality is very uneven though.
Brent
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
What did YOU think? Hmmmm?
Nathanielk
Jul 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
Excellent short story collection.
L
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Offers his short stories from the 1970s and '80s. I esp liked "War Under The Tree."
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Gene Wolfe was an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He was noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith, to which he converted after marrying a Catholic. He was a prolific short story writer and a novelist, and has won many awards in the field.

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“The same authorities who insist upon beginnings, middles, and ends, declare that Great Literature (by which they mean the stories they have been taught to admire) is about love and death, while mere popular fiction like this is about sex and violence. One reader's sex, alas, is another's love; and one's violence, another's death.” 10 likes
“It was a woman, naked and not long dead. Her staring eyes still showed traces of kohl; her teeth gleamed faintly through half-parted lips. He tried to judge her as he had judged the women whose compliance he had secured for coins, to weigh her breasts with his eyes and applaud or condemn the roundness of her belly; he discovered that he could not do so, that in the way he sought to see her she was beyond his sight, unreachable as the unborn, unreachable as his mother had been when he had once, as a boy, happened upon her bathing. Eata’s” 1 likes
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